• Linda Reid

I Hate My Hair

Like most women I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. In my case it’s always been super oily and dead straight. The saving grace is that it’s also very thick. Stylists love pointing that out to me as they use various sharp things to thin it.

A couple of months ago, I decided to dye my hair after over 10 years of going natural. I’m so very sorry I did. I had forgotten about the maintenance and time involved. I also didn't know how badly grey hair takes colour. My hair went a yellowy blonde that looked terrible. I tried a darker blonde dye and made it worse.

The biggest discovery I made is that I don't look good with blonde hair anymore. I am too old to be a blonde. My wrinkled, sagging face looks much better with a softer colour.

So, now that my hair is growing in I am also reminded of why I went natural in the first place. I’m all about easy and quick and I find myself fussing with my hair because I don’t like the way it looks. So I'm going back to my roots. (pun intended)

I have a friend in her 70’s who has beautiful white hair. She wears it very short and gets the front dyed purple or blue or pink, sometimes all three at once. She looks great. I don’t have the nerve to do that. I also don’t like short hair on myself although the way my shoulders have been aching lately I may not be able to wash my own hair soon. Hello brushcut.

Anyway, I went to my stylist and complained about my roots and she first suggested getting highlights to blend the roots with the dyed part. Then she suggested I try a blue shampoo that her friend uses and loves. It enhances grey but it also tones down brassy-looking hair and will help blend my colour unti it grows back. I went with the shampoo because it was way cheaper. You're talking $30 for the shampoo as opposed to $120+ for the highlights. Then I found all different kinds of shampoos that do the same thing for a lot less. Check out Amazon if you're interested. I guarantee you'll find it's cheaper than buying it at a salon.

Have I learned my lesson? Somehow I doubt it. We've all been through that moment when you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, or are bored after a long, cold winter, like I was, and looking for a change. It's an impulse that is difficult to fight. I say do your best with what you have, don't do anything permanent and ask for an opinion from someone you can trust to be truthful. Maybe you don't look as bad as you think you do.

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